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Duncan Heather

Duncan Heather is one of Europe’s foremost garden designers, to-date having won five gold, one silver & one bronze medal and three best of show awards for his design work. Duncan sat on the SGD council from 2004-7 during which time he was responsible for producing the first industry standard fee scale as well as instigating the publishing of the first standard contract.

Garden Images: 10 Professional Garden Photography Tips

Garden images Tip 1. On cloudless days to obtain the best garden images, try to visit the garden early or late in the day to get the best light. ‘The Golden Hour’ is consider to be some of the best light for garden images and many phone apps such as ‘Sun Position’ by Stonekick tell you the start and end times are for that day. Garden images Tip 2. A breeze is the garden photographer’s worst enemy. If you’re hoping to do some close-ups, check the five-day weather forecast, and try to go on a day when the wind strength is low – preferably 6 mph or below. Take a Wimberley Plamp (Plant [...]

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Website Design For Garden Designers Pt 2

In the first part of Website Design for landscape and garden designers, we look at your website as a digital portfolio. In this second part, we’ll look at the ‘About’ page and how to market your website The About Page. The About page is an opportunity to show your personality. A brief bio is helpful, just don’t get too cocky.  Draft this as you might your Twitter or Instagram bio.  Most are accustomed to quickly skimming these for information and they can say a lot about your character with very few words. Text People aren’t going to read a life history or paragraphs of text, [...]

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A Digital Portfolio: Website Design for Garden Designers

Your website is your shop window. A digital portfolio which can be easily changed and updated.  In this 2 part article we’ll discuss what to include, what not to include, where to host yours, and tips for designing and maintaining one.  We’ll cover everything you need to know to make one that’s flexible and useful over time whether you’re a student or a professional. Your Website As A Digital Portfolio A website is a professional statement of who you are, the kind of work you do, and your design philosophy.  It speaks for your brand in your absence and everyone needs one. First [...]

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Employing a Garden Designer – How Much & What To Look For

Employing a garden designer isn’t as straight forward as it may first appear.  The level of competence and professionalism, varies hugely, depending on their qualification and how long they have been practicing.  In a nut shell, a qualified garden designer should be able to offer an almost identical service to that of a building architect. In reality, less than half the garden designers currently practicing can do so.   And many are little more than enthusiastic amateurs. Employing a garden designer isn’t just about getting a pretty garden plan and some planting suggestion.  After [...]

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Wholesale Plants: A Buyers Guide

How and where to buy wholesale plants in the UK There is an enormous choice of wholesale plants in the UK.  From small independents like Orchard Dene and Babylon Plants in Oxfordshire, to large wholesale/retail nurseries like Hillier or Evergreen.  For trade only consider nurseries like Coblands, Palmstead or North Hill.  You may have to pre order, as some nurseries are only open by appointment.  While some like Hillier, Coblands, and  W Godfrey & Sons offer a select & collect service, allowing you to hand-pick your wholesale plants. Types of Plant Nurseries If [...]

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